Jones to decide on Kelly’s shot

July 29, 2001 – By Paul Upham: IBF No.1 light heavyweight Glenn Kelly is ready to face up to the daunting task of trying to beat WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO light-heavyweight world champion Roy Jones.

The multiple light heavyweight champion must defend against Kelly, 27-0-1 (16), by October 28 or be stripped of his title. With Jones suggesting after his win in Los Angeles that he will be dropping back down to super middleweight to face the winner of Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins on September 15, it will be Jones’ decision as to which fight he takes next.

Watching the Jones.-Gonzalez fight live in Australia at his local club in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Kelly was impressed with the light heavyweight champion’s performance.

“I think he really tried to knock out Gonzalez a few times,” said Kelly. “Gonzalez got hit and was hurt, then he seemed to be less willing and slowed up over the rounds. He has a big heart, but he is very slow and mechanical. His punches don’t flow together.”

Rated IBF No.1, WBA No.3, WBO No.2 and WBC No.7, Kelly says he saw a few things in Jones’ latest win that he has to put into his game plan.

“Hopefully, if the fight does happen and I fight Roy, I’ll be using a lot of movement and not standing in front of him. He throws good left hooks that are just one thing you have to watch out for. But then if you are only looking for the left hook, he throws the right hand,” said Kelly.

“You have to be more mobile against him. Gonzalez was slow on his feet and he takes advantage of that by having a lot of breaks during the rounds. He does enough to win, but still wins the rounds easy.”

Kelly was installed as the mandatory opponent for Jones after his February 24 knockout win over Billy Lewis on the Roy Jones-Derrick Harmon undercard in Tampa, USA. Jones’ last mandatory defence of the IBF title was on September 9 last year against Eric Harding.

Maintaining his recent busy schedule, Kelly returns to the ring next Friday August 3, when he faces Jamie Wallace over 10 rounds at the Bankstown Bellevue Function Centre in Sydney on a Fenech Fight Night promotion.

Paul Upham
Contributing Editor
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